The intact mum indicates that it was probably a battlefield capture. When they had a chance the Japanese would deface it because it represented the emperor.
According to Honeycutts book the highest serial number observed is 21223. Production began in late 1943.
Bob, Thanks for that outstanding reference. I would have never noticed that small character on the left of the SN on my Type 38 carbine without your input. The absence of such a character to the left of the serial number on the Type 2 Paratrooper Rifle is in agreement with bearcat6's comment.
Could you show photos of the bayonet? According to Honeycutt's book, paratroop rifles had a special short bayonet. Also, even though bayonets were numbered, these weren't matched to rifles.This Type 2 rifle did come with a bayonet, scabbard and frog that had supposedly been with the rifle since capture. I am not aware of any way to prove that from markings on the bayonet. Any help on this??
Chaffee, I will take photos of the bayonet, scabbard and frog when it is daylight again. It is not the short bayonet. It looks like a standard Japanese bayonet to me. It does have the same Nagoya Arsenal marking on it as the rifle. I wish it was a short bayonet!! I see one of those for sale on Ebay.Could you show photos of the bayonet? According to Honeycutt's book, paratroop rifles had a special short bayonet. Also, even though bayonets were numbered, these weren't matched to rifles.
To my understanding Gen. McArthur had the mum ground off "trophy" guns after war was ended. Battle field captures escaped this. Intact mums bring a premium.
Don't forget Raymond Shaw (Lawrence Harvey) in The Manchurian Candidate used one in the movie's climax .Here are pictures of a recent acquisition. I have seen about 6-7 Japanese Type 2 Paratrooper takedown rifles, but this one is the best, by far. It totally matches even down to the dust cover for the bolt. I once saw one of these, equipped with a scope, on an old episode of Mission Impossible.
Years ago I was into Axis Military weapons and still have a lot of them. I also have the Book "Military Rifles of Japan" by Honeycutt and it is great!Terry: Two books that are handy for these are: 'Military Rifles of Japan' by Honeycutt and Anthony and 'Japanese Rifles of WW2' by McCollum. I use to be into WW2 rifles and still have 5 or 6 from Japan, Yours was made by the Nagoya Arsenal. Production of the type 2 began in late 1943.